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captioned by closed captioning services, inc. tonight on "world news." it's a deal, but who won? who blinked? tonight, inside the drama behind the 11th hour budget breakthrough, and how will everyday americans feel the cut? this evening, the even bigger fight that's just ahead. the wild weather, tornado warnings across the south. hail the size of baseballs. our team along the river where they're bracing themselves against the waters that are coming. the fast lane. how fast is too fast? would you go 85 on the highway? it's about to become legal. we'll tell you where. saving babies, the dramatic moments, the baby elephants refusing to leave his dying mother and what one woman did to save him and so many others. the director, we remember a great tonight, so many classic moments and the line that ricocheted through offices across the country.
>> i'm as mad as hell and i'm not going to take this anymore. good evening on this saturday. both sides of washington are breathing a sigh of relief after a dramatic 11th hour budget breakthrough. now the rest of america is bracing for the effects on their daily lives after $38.5 billion in cuts. some democrats have called it draconian. some republicans say the cuts don't go far enough. tonight we're learning about the high stakes final moments to strike that deal. the even larger fight now looming. we begin with david kerley in washington. >> good evening, just in time for the cherry blossom festival. the monuments and the museums are open. one of them got a special visitor with a message. the president joined the tourists today at the lincoln memorial. >> because congress was able to settle its differences, that's why this place is open today and
everybody is able to enjoy their visit. >> reporter: it was a nail biter. 13 hours before the shutdown. >> we do not have an agreement as of yet. >> the democrats were reasonable and republicans are responsible for shutting down the government. >> reporter: the final deal came just an hour before the deadline. >> there comes an agreement that will in fact cut spending and keep our government open. >> reporter: where will americans feel the nearly $39 billion in cuts? we don't know. members of congress don't know. they approved a six day funding of the government to give them time to work out the details. who won? on the cuts, the nearly 39 billion, republicans win. democrats just a few months ago called such levels of cuts draconian, but on the so called riders to cut funding to planned parenthood, the democrats win by beating back that effort. the house speaker, john boehner wins because he pushed democrats as far as he could while keeping most of his freshmen in line. >> the tea party has been
pushing the speaker very hard. i don't think the pressure is going to let up. do you? >> no, i wouldn't want it to. i think it's because of this pressure that we've seen the ball move forward in the right direction. >> reporter: the president pushing back against boehner may have created the breakthrough. during this session thursday night, speaker boehner wanted to cut funding for planned parenthood. the president said "nope, zero. boehner tried again. the president repeated "nope, zero." then silence. >> boehner knew it was time to give up trying to cut planned parenthood but he did extract a couple billion dollars more in cuts from the president. >> over the hurdle of this budget battle, but there's a larger one looming and not far off. >> the 2012 budget comes up pretty quickly. it was introduced in the house just this past week. but even before that, david, the debt ceiling comes up. can the government borrow more money and look for the republicans to extract something significant from the democrats
before they lift that ceiling. david? >> david kerley at the white house. thanks so much. as americans wait to see how the cuts will affect them, a different kind of score card tonight, the political one. let's bring in the host of "this week" christiane amanpour. always great to see you. i want to play for you the president talking about compromise here and get your reaction on the backside. >> like any worthwhile compromise, both sides had to make tough decisions and give ground on issues important to them. i certainly did that. >> we've heard so much from this white house and president about acting like adults. if we go back and try to figure out who the winners and losers are, what's the talk in washington? >> of course as the president said in the final days of the showdown, there was give and take until the deal was finally made. if you look at the beginning of this process when it started months ago, the person who comes closest to his original number, to the original dollar wish list is speaker boehner. >> what do you make of michele bachmann, senator rand paul of
kentucky who said this doesn't get us down the path of fixing the debt. boehner will still hear this from the far right? >> he will, particularly the tea party. they wanted something like $100 billion in cuts. that moved to about 61 billion. then it came to just under 40 billion. in a first test of keeping the tea party and the right on side. it looks like speaker boehner won that and passed that test. there will be people who vote no for this deal, but in general, it looks like he got them on side for this one. >> christiane with us tonight. she will have much more on this tomorrow morning on abc's "this week." her guests include david plouffe and powerful lawmakers from both sides. heated round table tomorrow morning. we're going to turn to the severe weather. tornado watches and warnings are posted across the south and in the plains. this will be a night of high anxiety as the red river is expected to crest above flood stage. barbara pinto is in fargo, north
dakota on the tense 24 hours ahead. good evening, barbara. >> reporter: good evening, david. all eyes on the rising red river and on the sky. there's a bit of rain in the forecast tonight. how high did the river get? take a look. this is all the backyard. the river doesn't usually start until that far row of trees. that is the scene all over this region. the swollen red river has muscled over its banks swallowing everything in its path. the third 100 year flood here in three years. in fargo and towns along the red, it is a familiar sight. stacking millions of sandbags against the rising river, praying this will be enough. >> if it weren't for those people, we would be talking through a snorkel. >> reporter: across the nation, severe weather is taking its toll. high water along the mississippi in wisconsin. windshields crushing hail in kansas. funnel clouds menaced oklahoma, so did giant hail.
literally the size of baseballs. back along the red river, high water has already claimed three lives, including a 73-year-old man. he suffered a heart attack stacking sandbags protecting his family farm. >> he was throwing bags and i was chewing him out for working too hard. but that never would go over with him. >> reporter: today, neighbors came to offer condolences and help finishing the wall. they say they have lost too much to this flood already. this city is surrounded by a fortress of sandbags. half million of them stacked by neighbors and volunteers. they will be keeping an eye on the sandbags and river all night. there is some good news tonight. they're expecting the red to crest well beneath the sand bags and the record crest of 2009. it is a slight sigh of relief, this is far from over. the high water could linger in
fargo and this region for weeks. david? >> barbara pinto. thanks very much. in addition to the flood worries there, another part of this nation bracing for turbulent weather the next 24 hours. we want to bring in meteorologist jeff smith. jeff, you're watching this half of the nation. >> all the ingredients coming together for a big outbreak, a lot of humid air coming out of the gulf. cool air coming from the rockies, spinning in the atmosphere. we're talking wind, tornados and large hail in the mississippi and missouri river valleys especially during the day tomorrow. this will start in the high plains overnight tonight. >> we already saw the baseball size hail. you mentioned me up to eight states possible with tornado watches in the next 24 hours. >> i think at the height of this tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow night, at least eight states will be under tornado watches. >> thanks so much, jeff. we're going to turn to a remarkable image from japan. they're dubbing him the last man standing. he's the only one left in his town after it was devastated by the tsunami and evacuated by the nuclear disaster. our bob woodruff is in japan.
>> reporter: the tsunami swallowed this town. but stopped just short of one man's door. reporters from the associated press found this 75-year-old man here living alone without water or electricity. his wife and the rest of the town, gone. just 12 miles from the damaged reactor inside the evacuation zone, local police acknowledge fear of radiation has hampered the search for survivors. workers are searching for bodies nearby, but so far, no rescuer has come for him. i'm old, who would take care of me he asks reporters? for now, he will stay where he is, despite the risk from radiation. the struggle to control the crippled fukushima nuclear plant is a global effort. at a u.s. air base, a specialized team of american marines trained in decontamination is standing by, ready to assist. >> how long are you guys going
to stay here? >> we're here until the job is done and the japanese people are comfortable enough with their capabilities on the ground that they don't require our assistance. >> reporter: in atlanta a huge russian cargo plane loaded a colossal pump that is being shipped to japan to help cool the reactors. one piece of unwelcome news. the government has announced a ban on rice farming on radiation contaminated fields, at least those close to the nuclear plant. >> major hit to the economy. bob, thanks so much. we're going to turn to a chilling image from egypt where so many people had new hope for freedom. tonight, the most brutal crackdown since the overthrow of president mubarak. two people were killed and dozens injured when security forces tried to disperse protesters camping out in cairo central square. in syria, security forces fired on mourners at a funeral
as the hard line government vowed to crush any unrest. human rights groups say more than 170 people were killed since protests began three weeks ago. we're going to turn next to afghanistan and the fierce fire fight our team witnessed firsthand. we brought it to you this week on "world news." many of the soldiers within weeks of coming home. two of them shot at but saved by what they were wearing, what they were carrying. >> took it like a champ. >> what happened? >> i got shot. >> got shrapnel in the head. >> saved by the bottle. >> saved by the bottle he said. many of the fellow soldiers did not survive. mike boettcher, the only journalist who witnessed that fire fight reports from southern afghanistan on the memorial for those men. >> reporter: six helmets, six pairs of boots, six rifles, six soldiers killed in action in kunar province, afghanistan. they died in one of the most intense battles of the afghan war.
the 101 airborne was able to grieve for its dead. >> our enemy had grown too large, too bold, too capable to ignore any longer. they met that challenge. >> during the operation, those soldiers found just about everything, weapons, small arms, rpgs, rockets, you name it, they found it. one thing they did not encounter, military age men. >> reporter: at least 130 of them died. severely disrupting taliban al qaeda plans for a big spring offensive in eastern afghanistan, but fighting on the taliban's home turf came at great cost. third platoon, cougar company lost three men in the battle. all were going home in less than one month. four days ago, we were with them on the front line. >> i heard my buddies saying that they were hit, and i just can't imagine what was going through my mind. >> my instinct was to get the
hell out of there, but i stayed there for all my guys. >> i figured it would be the last mission, but the sacrifices, burgess, house and falkner is not going to be forgotten quickly at all. >> reporter: a solemn promise, every airborne soldier vowed to keep. mike boettcher, abc news, afghanistan. >> powerful reminder of the sacrifice so far from home. we turn back here now to a shooting at a birthday party in a philadelphia suburb that's left two teenagers dead, eight others injured. all of the victims were between 15 and 20 years old. according to one report, the shooter opened the door and opened fire. the suspect is in custody. no word on a motive. the search continues in california for a suspect after authorities say an explosion at a synagogue. it was caused by a makeshift explosive. sent a 300 pound piece of
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jeffrey kofman is here to tell the story of the remarkable safe haven for that baby elephant and the woman behind it all. >> reporter: talk about big babies. just 4 months old, he weighs 600 pounds, but she needs just as much nurturing as any infant. >> this is teething. >> yes. >> i feel the teeth. >> reporter: she's one of 17 orphan baby elephants being nurtured by the keepers of the david sheldrick wildlife trust. there are bottles for the babies. they need to be fed every three hours. these animals need their mother's milk. without it, they can't survive. they didn't survive until daphne figured out the formula. she saved more than 130 orphaned infants. when did you find out it was possible to raise infant elephants. 4
what they get is powdered formula imported from england. saving the little elephants is more critical now than ever. this female was shot by poachers intents on cutting off her tusks. the baby would not leave her side. the mother had to be euthanized. the baby was captured, comforted fed and flown to the nursery in nairobi by a team of keepers from the trust. >> i noticed that they bond incredibly closely with their keepers. >> the elephants must love their keepers. the keepers must love the elephants. an elephants can read your heart. >> do you believe that? that's not just your poetry. >> i know it. i know it. >> reporter: 130 elephants are living proof of that. jeffrey kofman, abc news, nairobi. >> extraordinary woman. >> that is "world news" for this saturday night. we're always online at abcnews.com. "gma" first thing in the morning. i'll see you tomorrow night. good night. ight.
good evening. we are following breaking news in san francisco where a coast guard is searching for a person whose small boat capsized off ocean beach. one person was rescued but the search continues for that second person. abc 7's tomas ramon is live there with more on the rescue. tomas? >> reporter: the search is still going on. the coast guard has a helicopter in the air and a boat in the water and they are concentrating some of their search efforts by the cliffhouse here off ocean beach. we don't have a lot of information but we got information from the coast guard. a sail boat apparently got into trouble earlier on waters off of ocean beach. the two men tried to get into an inflatable raft to get off the boat and the raft overturned when they got the in, throwing them